Is the occurrence of a temporal pterygium really so rare?

Ophthalmologica. 1977;174(2):88-91. doi: 10.1159/000308583.


The author, in keeping with the data quoted in literature, confirms that a temporal pterygium is rare. Out of 1,388 Arab patients with pterygia, only 33 (2.4%) had temporal pterygia. The other statement, i.e. that temporal pterygium rarely occurs without a nasal one, is also confirmed. This was found only in one case (0.08%) out of the total number of people afflicted by pterygium.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pterygium / epidemiology*
  • Pterygium / surgery
  • Sex Factors
  • Tunisia